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Learn water safety at the Y this summer

 


As swim season approaches, the YMCA of Snohomish County encourages children and parents to explore the many benefits of swimming, while also keeping safety top of mind. In the Y’s swim programs, participants can enjoy water sports, enhance or learn new techniques, meet new friends and develop confidence, while learning safety skills that can save lives.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fatal drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages one to 14 years old. More than 1,500 children and teens die every year in the U.S. from drowning. In Washington state, an average of 25 children and teens drown every year. Most of them are swimming, boating, or just playing in or near water.

SPLASH (Swim Play Learn Aquatic Safety Habits) Week is the opportunity for the community to take five safety instructional sessions for only $10. Sessions take place June 22-26 at the Marysville, Everett, Mill Creek, Monroe, and Mukilteo YMCA family branches. For more information and branch registration dates, visit http://www.ymca-snoco.org/splash. SPLASH registrants will also save $10 off summer or fall regular swim lessons.

“Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity,” said Scott Washburn, President & CEO, YMCA of Snohomish County. “The YMCA of Snohomish County is committed to providing as many opportunities as possible for everyone to swim and learn water safety practices.”

The Y encourages kids and adults to have fun when in and around the water, but to always make safety their first priority. The Y recommends the following safety tips for children and adults:

• Only swim when and where there is lifeguard on duty; never swim alone.

• Adults should constantly watch children in and near the water. If multiple adults are in the vicinity, designate a “water watcher” so everyone knows who is “on duty.”

• Inexperienced swimmers should take precaution and wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal floatation device (PFD) when in, on or around the water.

• Children who are beginners should stay within arm’s reach of an adult in the water.

 

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